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#1
Whilst I accept (not really) the concept that landowners have a right (apparently) to dispose of archaeology as they see fit in the UK, I refuse to accept that there can be any possible excuse for UK antique shops who openly display and sell antiquities from Egypt and the Holy land.I recently spent a goodly few hours wandering through one antique shop in particular that was selling;
.shabties and beaded funerary masks
.Jordanian and Israeli ceramics
.enormous polished stone axes from the UK
.entire Byzantine dinner sets and a multitude of other incredible stuff.

Whats the "law" on this type of rape? Anyone?:face-huh:

..knowledge without action is insanity and action without knowledge is vanity..(imam ghazali,ayyuhal-walad)
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#2
This is what it was in 2000:clicky. They refer particularly to the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illegal Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, 1970 and the UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen and Illegally Exported Cultural Objects, 1995. Not checked these yet to confirm if the UK has ratfied them yet....

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#3
Just like that! Your a star sir...many thanks Mr Barnes and I trust that 07 is being good to you so far....Smile

..knowledge without action is insanity and action without knowledge is vanity..(imam ghazali,ayyuhal-walad)
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#4
Try this

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa.../37102.htm

Also look up

The Dealing in Objects (offences) Act 2003



"Freedom of ideas is one thing, freedom of the purse is quite another". Edward Harris
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#5
And to you squire.

When I get a few minutes I'll be very interested to see the 2003 legislation actually does what it appears to say on the proverbial tin.


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#6
Many thanks to you all for your kind assistance.Have just had a wee look at your link Mr Barnes and it seems that the standing conference et al set the points out in very clear terms.It does indeed remain to be seen as to whether the UK have "ratified" anything on this...
Will have a quick look at the dealing in objects jobby....Big Grin

..knowledge without action is insanity and action without knowledge is vanity..(imam ghazali,ayyuhal-walad)
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#7
Interesting...it would appear that we are not "authorised" to view the documents on the 2003 jobby......



..knowledge without action is insanity and action without knowledge is vanity..(imam ghazali,ayyuhal-walad)
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#8
The full Act is here. On first read I am impressed on two levels: firstly for legislation it’s really dinky (that being the technical term), and secondly because it appears to get right to the nub of the issue. Seems to me that this act has some ramifications for those who chose to dig around without having an archaeologist on site (thus making it a legitimate excavation under its terms) – I’m particularly referring to the elements of the act which obviate the need for the accused to know that what is being dug up constitutes a cultural object. Quite frankly, these days an archaeological cultural object could be extended to include soil elements/ecofacts which opens up a vast can of worms (probably mostly for the learn’ed gentlemen at the bar upon the laws first challenge). Will read further and doubtless delete large portions of the above on reflection.....

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#9
Many thanx again sire-will read in a bit....Big Grin

..knowledge without action is insanity and action without knowledge is vanity..(imam ghazali,ayyuhal-walad)
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